With the weather getting warmer and London hopefully a little sunnier, we’ve rounded up our favourite al fresco dining spots for you to enjoy this summer.
Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
Sheltered from the bustle of Covent Garden, the informal and relaxed La Goccia, focuses on Italian small plates, often known as cicchetti, and also serves an express lunch menu. The Deli features most of the ingredients you see on the menu, so you can recreate your experience at home. This space is everything you’d expect from an Eden-esque space in the middle of a busy city. And then some.
Often labelled as ‘Instagrammable’ we absolutely love the Dalloway Terrace. It features beautiful floral arrangements, along with a range menus to drool over. Choose from a weekend brunch to a pre-theatre dining menu, or try the Afternoon Tea for some delicious treats and Sri Lankan tea.
Boundary – Shoreditch
You can’t really beat 360 degree views of London, and the Boundary Rooftop has exactly this. Whether you’re catching up with friends over drinks, or you’re looking for a lazy afternoon lunch, or perhaps looking to impress that special someone, the rooftop has the right vibe for you. Expect grilled meat and fish, along with fresh salads and olives, tapenades, and classic cocktails. For an event with a different setting, check out their rooftop packages.
Dishoom – Shoreditch
We all love the Dishoom concept – tasty, unique and unfussy Indian food, with the authenticity attached. The brand is growing, and with each new location the team don’t seem to be stopping. Their outdoor dining space, named The Verandah in Shoreditch allows you to take in the Indian street cafe ambience whilst lazily grazing upon their menu. The Bacon Naan comes highly recommended, as does the relaxed atmosphere and boozy cocktails. This one’s for the weekend.
On the other side of the beautiful city, you’ll find The Prince. From the people who brought you Pergola Paddington and Pergola Olympia, this ‘pub’ features three bars and four restaurants, featuring creations from London favourites such Homeslice and Patty&Bun.
Tucked away behind the pub and street food kitchens, this hidden, flower-laden oasis is accessible from the back of each of the buildings via the al fresco dining terrace. Follow it down and you’ll find a magical, fairy-lit setting, with a retractable roof for those, occasional, blazing summer days.
The Grafton Arms – Fitzrovia
Hidden away just off Fitzrovia Square is The Grafton Arm’s secret all-weather rooftop terrace. Adorned with flowers, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the sun and while away an afternoon with a chilled glass of wine, cold beer or graze on a selection of pan-Asian dishes and bar snacks. For larger summer soirees, the terrace can be hired exclusively for up to 30 people seated or 40 standing.
72 Grafton Way, London, W1T 5DU
Boasting one of the largest outdoor spaces in the capital, The Waterway’s fully heated terrace on Regent’s Canal provides the perfect spot for al-fresco drinking and dining, come rain or shine. Kick back with a refreshing craft beer and feast on barbecued delights from the outside kitchen or pull up a pew in the Lower Garden, available for exclusive hire, and soak up the sun in the leafy surroundings.
54 Formosa Street, Maida Vale, W9 2JU
The Summerhouse – Little Venice
Idyllically situated on the beautiful banks of Little Venice, The Summerhouse offers superlative waterside dining. During the summer, the picturesque restaurant rolls back its windows to leave only leafy partitions standing between diners and the bobbing barges beside them. Decked with light oak floors, blue and white striped furnishings and seaside artefacts – expect a chic waterside ambiance, whatever the weather.
60 Blomfield Road, Maida Vale, W9 2PD